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Garden City Recreation And Parks Department News: January 11, 2013

Sixth Grade Recreation Night In St. Paul’s Field House

The Garden City Recreation Department is sponsoring a middle school recreation night for sixth-graders in St. Paul’s Field House on Friday, Jan. 11. The recreation night 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.

Please note-Once the children are in the 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.

Winter Floor Hockey At St. Paul’s

Registration for winter floor hockey has begun. This 6-session program began on Friday, Jan. 4 and will cost $25. The age groupings and times are as follows:

Ages 5 and 6 - 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Ages 7 to 9  - 7:45 – 8:45 p.m.

Ages 10 to 14 - 7:45 – 8:45 p.m.

Floor hockey will meet on the following Fridays: Jan. 18, Feb. 8, 15, and 22, March 8

To register, please visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave. or download an application from the website at www.gardencityrecreation.org.

Winter Pee Wee Sports Sampler Registration Begins

The Garden City Recreation Department will offer a Pee-Wee Sports Sampler program this winter for residents of the Inc. Village of Garden City. This program has been designed especially for the young child as a positive introductory experience to sports. The cost of each 6-week session will be $75. Classes are 55 minutes in length. Children must be 4 years old by the first day of class in order to attend. The program will take place at St. Paul’s Recreation Complex according to the following schedule:

Tuesdays at 12:45 p.m.

Thursdays at 11:15 a.m., 12:15 or 1:30 p.m.

Friday at 1:30 p.m.

To register for this program, please visit www.gardencityrecreation.org for an application or visit the Garden City Recreation Dept. at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Youth Yoga Classes Announced

The Garden City Recreation Department will offer a winter session of youth yoga. Certified yoga instructor Connie McKnight has designed youth yoga classes with all ages in mind. Each class is 55-minutes long. All classes are held in St. Paul’s Senior Center. Any resident of the Incorporated Village of Garden City in this age group is invited to join these relaxing classes.  Classes will begin on Thursday, Jan. 17.

The course schedule is as follows:

Ages 6 – 9 - Thursdays at 4:15 p.m. - 10 classes for $80

Ages 10 – 14 - Thursdays at 5:15 p.m. - 10 classes for $80

To register, please visit the Recreation Office at 108 Rockaway Ave. or download an application from www.gardencity recreation.org.

News

The Senior Advisory Committee is the Senior group that helps plan trips, parties, and programs for all seniors in cooperation with the recreation and parks department. It consists of: Kathy Auro, Richard Bankowsky, Evelyn Iagrossi, Joe Leto, Ellen Moynahan, and Gloria Weinrich. Please feel free to suggest trips to anyone on the committee.

Preparedness is the best remedy for Ebola

Winthrop University Hospital hosted a presentation on the current Ebola epidemic, at the Garden City Library, on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Sponsored by the village’s Property Owners’ Associations, John F. Collins, president and CEO of Winthrop University Hospital and Dr. Michael Ammazzalorso, Winthrop’s Chief Medical Officer provided an overview of the disease along with an update on Winthrop’s preparedness plan.

Dr. Ammazzalorso began his presentation heeding that despite the waning in the press, the disease is still with us. He provided both historical and current day perspectives regarding the epidemic, advising that Ebola is not a new disease. The medical community has been aware of the disease for at least 40 years. Originating in the Congo, Ebola is a zoonosis a disease which has its reservoir in animals and was known for small sporadic outbreaks associated with people who handled bats and rodents or those who consumed bush meat. The current outbreak originated in West Africa, specifically Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. He noted in Africa that more than 45,000 people have died from the disease.


Sports

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.

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 begin 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, please visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave. Space is limited so please register early.


Calendar

Sultans of String to play

Friday, November 21

Garden City Chamber Music Society Performance

Sunday, November 23

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, November 24



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