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Racing For Mother Nature

Earthfest/Earth Run III to be

held on Sunday, April 6

Spring is here. Come on outside. The Tanners Pond Environmental Center’s April 6 Earthfest is a celebration recognizing the incredible value volunteers make to the community and the environment. The event, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., includes a 5K timed run starting at 10 a.m. Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray will start the race through the sanctuary, adjoining Nassau Haven Park, and local streets in the Nassau Haven section of town. Garden City Police are monitoring the closed roads for the safety of runners. Awards for first place male and female, as well as under/over 30 runners include gift certificates from Eastern Mountain Sports. An additional 1-1/2k obstacle race within the sanctuary is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Come for a run and stay for the day. The event includes music by Acoustic Dave in the morning and a performance by the Garden City High School Jazz Ensemble 1-2 p.m. Food, entertainment, live animals, displays by local organizations and tours of the 9-acre environmental center will be conducted.

The event is free, except for registration for the races. The registration fee is $25 through March 30, and $35 the day of the race. Registration is being done on-line to coordinate T-shirt sizes and runners numbers for timing. Register for either race on line at  “It’s Your Race”  http://earthrun5k.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=636

If you are unable to register on line, a registration form is available. Questions? Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-326-1720.

You can even join a few not so “Angry Birds” or butterflies on the run. The event is also a means of raising much needed funds to erect a shelter at the site for use on the educational programs conducted for children, including the popular “Nature Camps” held in conjunction with the Garden City Recreation Dept.  Sponsors for EarthFest and Earth Run are welcome, and the Bird Sanctuary offers thanks to H2M Consultants, Stop and Shop, People’s United Bank, Lutz Landscaping, Drs. Tony and Ruth Randi, The McElroy family, EarthSoft, and the Long Island Volunteer Center for their sponsorships.   

Participating organizations at EarthFest include Crossroads Farm, Garden City Volunteer Fire Department, Mineola Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Wildlife in Need of Rescue and Rehabilitation, Garden City HOPE Club, Garden City High School Key Club,  Garden City Community Coalition,  Adelphi Newman Organization, North Shore Audubon,  Your Connection to Nature, Friends of Hempstead Plains, and Cornell Cooperative Extension. The list continues to grow, and your participation will help.

News

Residents needed to run

The Garden City East Nominating Committee is seeking residents of the East who are interested in being interviewed for the positions of village mayor, village trustee and school board trustee. These positions are subject to election by all village residents. The village mayoral and trustee terms are for two years beginning on April 6, 2015 and the school board trustee term is for three years beginning on July 1, 2015.

Any resident of the East who is interested in being considered for one of these positions must submit a letter of intent and a resume. This submission should note the position being sought; include their name, contact information, a statement explaining their reason for interest in the position, a summary of their professional background and other qualifications, including, although not required, current or prior involvement in village or school board positions or initiatives.

Donald Barrick, Life’s WORC Board Chairman announced that Janet Koch has been hired as the new Executive Director of Life’s WORC, a Garden City-based 501(c) (3) not-for-profit corporation. Koch assumes this leadership responsibility as Peter Smergut retires after 20 years in this position. After a thorough and extensive executive search process, the Life’s WORC Board is confident Koch has the vision and skills consistent with the needs of the organization. She will assume her position as executive director on Monday, Nov. 3.


Sports

High School Jazz Class Added To Dance Conservatory

Dance Conservatory Director Felicia Lovaglio has decided to add a jazz class for students in 9th through 12th grades who are residents of the Incorporated Village of Garden City. This 55-minute class will be held on Saturdays at 4 p.m. beginning on Saturday, Nov. 8. The cost of this 20-week class will be $200. Preregistration is necessary by visiting the recreation and parks office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Adult Dance Performance Group Now Registering

The recreation and parks department offers an adult dance group that works on jazz and contemporary moves and leads up to a performance in a Dance Company Showcase. Whether you are a beginner dance student or someone who danced as a child and would like to try again, this program will help you achieve your goals. Classes will be held on Saturday mornings beginning Saturday, Nov. 8. Each class is 55 minutes long and the session will run through May. The cost of this program will be $220.  

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.


Calendar

 Murder, Madness & Poe

Thursday, October 30

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, November 3

Manhasset Comes To Garden City

Through November 25



Columns

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