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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

Small businessman finds big success

Anthony DePalma has been manager at Covert Avenue’s Raindew Family Center and Pharmacy for 13 years. Last month, at the 30th Annual Small Businessperson of the Year and Legislative Breakfast at the Crest Hollow Country Club, DePalma got his much deserved recognition when he was awarded the day’s top honor by the Covert Avenue Chamber of Commerce, whose members hail from Stewart Manor and Floral Park.  

“My initial reaction was ‘wow that’s very nice,’ I didn’t realize that it was going to be such a beautiful extravaganza,” said DePalma on winning the award. “They did it very, very well. They had a breakfast at the Crest Hollow Country Club and everything was done beautifully. It was just done very, very nicely. Very proud.”

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.


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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