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That’s The Spirit

The date is set. The planning committee has met. The “Big Bucks” raffle tickets have been mailed to parishioners. St. Anne’s 12th Annual Spirit Day Celebration is happening on Saturday, Sept. 20.

While the summer has just begun, any event planner knows that September will be here before we know it. The St. Anne’s Spirit Day planning committee has been working for over a month updating the colorful event flyer, stuffing and mailing the Big Bucks raffle tickets and securing vendors. At a recent well-attended planning session, committee leaders provided updates on every aspect of the day, from set-up to clean-up and all that falls in-between.  

The informal kick-off to Spirit Day planning is the mailing of the Big Bucks tickets to parishioners the week of June 16. The cost of a single raffle ticket is $100 with a maximum of 1000 tickets to be sold. Up to five entrants can be named on a single ticket. This year the funds from the Big Bucks Raffle will allow St. Anne’s to complete payments for the auditorium air conditioning. The grand prize winner receives 25 percent of the total raised and five additional lucky winners receive 5 percent of the total. Last year’s raffle sold out and the winner received $25,000. The five second prize winners received $5,000 each.

The winner does not need to be present to win but no one wants to miss the exciting moment of that drawing at 10 p.m. It’s an incredibly positive way to end a fun and beautiful day for the entire parish family.  

The Church of St. Anne in Garden City hosts the 12th annual Spirit Day on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 1-10 p.m. with rides, games and music all day and evening. The day is punctuated with a beautiful celebration of mass outdoors at 5 p.m. and the exciting Big Bucks Raffle drawing at 10 p.m. Additional Big Bucks tickets are always available at the rectory or you may call and the committee will be happy to mail one to you. For more information, please call St. Anne’s Rectory at 516-352-5904.

News

The Garden City Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for the 35th annual Fall Festival Street Fair set for Saturday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Seventh Street. The chamber thanks the Garden City Hotel which will serve as the primary event sponsor.

JGS entertainment will return for the 16th year as master ceremonies providing music and vocals. There will be plenty of activities for the kids. Included will be the return of the two trackless trains carrying children 12 years of age and younger up and down Seventh Street sponsored by Coach Realtors and Garden City Teachers Association. There will be the traditional inflatable bouncy house sponsored by SMPL Technologies and the ever-popular money cube sponsored by Calogero’s and Leo’s. The Garden City Parks and Recreation Department will have giveaways and temporary tattoos.


Sports

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.

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.


Calendar

Garden City High School Homecoming

Saturday, October 25

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, October 27

A Map Of Artistic Inspiration

Saturday, November 1



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