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Garden City Recreation & Parks Department News: December 12, 2013

Mad Science Winter Program

Garden City’s Department of Recreation and Parks is offering a six-week winter program geared to children who are interested in science. Mad Science of Long Island is a company who provides a wonderful and fun learning experience in an after school setting. Different topics such as “Bugs!” and “Walloping Weather” are offered for each week and the participants will cover a range of activities pertaining to the topic. Residents of the Village of Garden City entering grades k-5 are invited to attend.

The cost of the six-week program is $102 and all checks should be made payable directly to “Mad Science of Long Island.”

Adult Zumba In Cluett Hall

The following Winter Zumba exercise classes for adults will be offered by the department of recreation and parks beginning the week of Jan. 6:

Monday evenings at 7:45 p.m.

10 weeks for $90

Monday mornings at 9:15 a.m.

10 weeks for $90

Saturday mornings at 9:15 a.m.

10 weeks for $90

All classes will be held in St. Paul’s Cluett Hall.

Classes are lead by Felicia Lovaglio, dance conservatory director and adjunct professor at Adelphi. Each class is 45 minutes long.

Registration For Winter Adult Yoga Begins

Certified yoga instructor Connie McKnight has designed adult yoga classes with all ages in mind. Each class in these 10-week sessions is one hour long. The cost of this program will be $65. Any resident of the Inc. Village of Garden City is invited to join these relaxing classes.

The course schedule is as follows:

Yoga for All - Mondays at 7:30 p.m. in St. Paul’s Senior Center        

Intermediate Yoga - Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. in St. Paul’s Cluett Hall

Beginner Yoga - Wednesdays at 9 a.m. in St. Paul’s Cluett Hall

Classes begin the week of January 6. To register for any of these classes, visit the Recreation Office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Zumba Gold For The Active Senior Or Beginner

Winter Zumba Gold classes will be held in St. Paul’s Senior Center on Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. or Thursday afternoons at 1 p.m. Each 45-minute class, teaching the basics of Zumba, is led by certified Zumba instructor Felicia Lovaglio. This class is geared for seniors or the beginner adult. Classes will begin the week of Jan. 6.

To register for either of these classes, please visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Monday at 6:30 p.m. Seniors (65 or older) - $50 Others - $90

Thursdays at 2 p.m. Seniors - $50 Others - $90

Bricks4Kidz – A Lego Experience For Grades K-3

The Garden City Department of Recreation and Parks is happy to announce registration for the start of the Winter Bricks4Kidz After School Program.

Children in grades k–3 will use Legos to sample models from over two dozen different themes such as Super Hero Academy, Amusement Park, Mindstorm Robotics and Space Adventures. They will be encouraged and challenged to innovate and invent their own models or customize existing models to express their individual creativity.

This program is open to children in grades k-3 who are residents of the Inc. Village of Garden City. Classes will be held on Mondays or Fridays at 4 p.m. and will begin the week of January 13th. The cost will be $135.

Checks should be made payable to Franchise Innovations for You, LLC.

Bricks4kidz Robotics For Grades 3-6

The Garden City Department of Recreation and Parks is happy to announce registration for the start of the Winter Bricks4Kidz Robotics Program.   

Children will use Lego blocks and collaborate with each other to learn mechanical design, construction and programming is a fun setting. Classes are one hour in length and will be held in an eight-week session.

This program is open to children in grades 3 6 who are residents of the Inc. Village of Garden City. Classes will be held on Mondays at 5 p.m. and will begin the week of Jan. 13. The cost will be $135.

Checks should be made payable to Franchise Innovations for You, LLC.

Letters To Santa

It’s time to send letters to Santa and the recreation department will speed up the process. A special Santa’s Mailbox will be set up in the waiting area of the recreation department’s administrative offices at 108 Rockaway Ave. beginning Dec. 2. Children can drop their letters in the mailbox and Santa will send them a personalized reply. Santa’s mailbox will be available through Dec. 20.

Christmas Candy Contest

In addition to sending their letters to Santa, kids can take a chance at guessing the number of candy pieces in the jar next to Santa’s Mailbox and the child whose guess is closest to the actual number will win the jar, candy and all. As with Santa’s mailbox, the candy contest will be available from Dec. 2 to Dec. 20.

A Visit From Santa

Santa will visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave. for visits and photos on Dec. 17 and 19 from 3-4:15 p.m. The recreation department staff will be available to take and print photos. There is no fee for a photo but a donation of a small gift for Toys for Tots would be appreciated.

After School Gym Program For Grades K To 6

The Garden City Recreation Department is pleased to announce that this winter, the recreation staff will conduct a gym program for children in grades K - 6. This free program will consist of organized games and activities in a supervised setting. It will run by grade levels in St. Paul’s Field House beginning the week of Dec. 2 through Feb. 14 according to the following schedule:

Grades 2-3

Mondays from 3:30 – 5:45 p.m.

Grades K-1

Wednesdays from 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Grades 4-6

Fridays from 3:30 – 5:45 p.m.

Sneakers must be worn for any activity in the field house.

Note: Once the children are in the facility, they will not be allowed to leave unless accompanied by an adult. Please come into the building to pick up your child and please be prompt .

For further information, contact the recreation office at 516-465-4075.

Garden City Pool Interviews For 2014 Season

The department of recreation and parks will be holding interviews for prospective pool employees (you must be a graduating high school senior or older) for the upcoming 2014 season on the following dates:

Thursday, Dec. 19

Thursday, Dec. 26  

Wednesday, Jan. 8

Thursday, Jan. 9

Friday, Jan. 10

Saturday, Jan. 11

Wednesday, Jan. 15

Friday, Jan. 17

Between the hours of 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

All former and prospective employees must interview if they are planning to work at the pool next season. Please pick up an application and sign up for your interview in the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave. For more information call 516-465-4075.

Floor Hockey Registration Begins

The Garden City Department of Recreation and Parks will again offer a floor hockey program this at St. Paul’s Field House. The program will be open to village residents in grades K through 6 on Fridays beginning Dec. 4 according to the following schedule:

Grades K - 3: 6:15 to 7:15 p.m.

Grades 4 - 6: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The cost of this six-week program will be $30. To register, please download an application off our website at www.gardencityrecreation.org or visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Please note: All participants are required to wear the following equipment at all times- Hockey helmet with cage, hockey gloves, shin pads, sneakers and hockey stick

Long Island Chorale Society — Messiah At Adelphi

The recreation and parks department has secured discounted tickets to the Long Island Chorale Society’s performance of Messiah at Adelphi University’s Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. This trip is on your own and tickets can be purchased by Garden City residents at the recreation office (108 Rockaway Ave.) for the following prices:

Adults — $15; Seniors — $5

To purchase tickets for this event, please visit the office at 108 Rockaway Ave. and make checks payable to Long Island Chorale Society.

These programs are open to residents of the Inc. Village of Garden City who have graduated high school. All programs listed are free of charge and strictly “pick up.” A picture ID is required to sign in to any program. For further information, please contact the recreation office at 516-465-4075.

To register for any of the above programs, please visit www.gardencityrecreation.org for an application or the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave.    

Submitted by the Garden City Recreation Department

News

Longtime village administrator to

receive President’s Award

The Garden City Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the presentation of its President’s Award to Robert (Bob) L. Schoelle, Jr., a Garden City resident for 43 years, at the 2014 Pineapple Ball at the Garden City Hotel on Friday evening, May 9. Initiated in 2011, the Chamber of Commerce’s “President’s Award” recognizes above and beyond volunteer spirit and contributions within the Garden City community and beyond. Not an annual award, it is only presented occasionally, which makes this recognition for Schoelle all the more special.

Bob Schoelle has served as chief administrative officer of the Incorporated Village of Garden City for the past 34 years, working with 18 mayors and many boards of trustees. He has served as a member of both the Village Planning Commission and Board of Police Commissioners. His contributions to numerous village projects have contributed remarkably to the quality of life in the village.

Garvies Point hosts Waldorf parent-child program

Garvies Point Musuem and Preserve, a place known for its Native American history and artifacts, is now home to the Garden City Waldorf School’s Parent-Child Program. The location is an ideal match since the Waldorf educational philosophy enjoys many parallels with the Native American culture exhibited at the museum. The classes are held in the museum’s interactive exhibit room for children, which features a dugout canoe, a wooden wigwam, woven baskets and a model of a native garden. Since the exhibit encourages creative play with natural materials, it is a perfect fit for the Waldorf program which promotes the same.

One of the interesting features of the program is that it is in truth a parent-child class; parents are learning right alongside the children. Children are encouraged to play cooperatively with their peers, while adults learn to knit nearby. Throughout the program, parents are given advice and tips on how to slow the pace of parenting, how to deal with tantrums and manage technology in our lives. “It’s really nice to get good advice on finding a natural rhythm to our lives,” said Laura Franco of Sea Cliff. “I would say the program is very unique in that way.”


Sports

Lady Panthers

start season 7-0

The number two ranked Adelphi Panthers Women’s Lacrosse team has gotten off to a fast start to their 2014 season and show no signs of slowing down. Head Coach Rob Grella, entering his third season at the helm, has led his team to an impressive 7-0 record to kick off their campaign. Six of the Panther’s first seven games have been won in commanding fashion in which they have outscored the opposition by a staggering margin of 122-14.

Last season, the Panthers continued their tradition of playing hard and fighting off tough challenges. They would finish the 2013 season with an impressive 11-1 record within the Northeast Ten Conference and overall at 18-3, making it to their fourth consecutive trip to the NE-10 Conference Championship where they eventually lost to Le Moyne.

Easter Egg Hunt For Pre-K To Grade 5

The Garden City Recreation Department is once again sponsoring the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19 at Community Park’s fields. This year three hunts will be held at 10 a.m. sharp with three age divisions: preschool to kindergarten, grades 1 and 2; and grades 3 to 5.

Special eggs will be stuffed and hidden for all divisions. Each hunt will also feature a grand prize (an Easter basket filled with goodies) which will go to the youngster who finds the egg marked “#1 Lucky Egg.” For further information about the hunt, please call the recreation department at 516-465-4075.


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