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Garden City Recreation & Parks Department News: January 23, 2014

Bad Weather Updates

In case of bad weather, please check the recreation and parks website at www.gardencityrecreation.org or its Facebook page for information on closings or delays. Note that even if the school district cancels its after school activities, the recreation and parks department may still be open and holding its programs.

Don’t forget to “like” the recreation and parks department on Facebook for all updates.

Family Fun Time On Sundays

On Sunday afternoons beginning Jan. 12, St. Paul’s Field House will be open for Family Fun for village families. This open time provides the opportunity for families to enjoy various gym activities in an indoor environment. The gym will be available for use from 3 to 5:45 p.m. each Sunday until March 9.

This time is designated for family time only. No organized practices or workouts will be allowed. Although there will be staff to monitor activity, this is not a drop off program. Elementary-aged children are asked to be accompanied by an adult. For the safety of users, no lacrosse or baseball will be allowed.

Adult Ultimate Tennis Workout

This 1½ hr. tennis workout is for the experienced tennis player who wants to hone their skills. It is held at Community Parks Tennis Facility on Saturdays from 10-11:30 a.m. and is open to any adult resident of the Incorporated Village of Garden City. This program will be offered in 9-week sessions with a start date of Jan. 25. The cost of the session is $249.

Peewee Sports Sampler For Preschool Aged Children

The Garden City Recreation Department will offer a Pee-Wee Sports Sampler program this fall for preschool residents of the Incorporated 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 six-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:

Thursdays at 4 p.m. (all other classes are filled)

Adult Tennis Lesson

The recreation department offers adult tennis lessons in a 10-week session. Lessons are open to all adults who are residents of the Incorporated Village of Garden City and are offered at various times during the day and on the weekends.

If you are interested in lessons for the upcoming winter season, which begins the week of Jan. 20 The cost of this 10 week, one hour program will be $249. Please make checks payable to “Inc. Village of Garden City,” please get an interest form from the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave. Classes will be put together according to ability and day desired on a first come, first serve basis. You will contacted by the department’s tennis pro, Carrie Strum, to confirm your class.  

Children’s Yoga Registration Begins

 Certified yoga instructor Connie McKnight has designed yoga classes with children’s abilities in mind. Each class runs for one hour. All classes are held in St. Paul’s Senior Center and started on Thursday, Jan. 16. Any resident of the Inc. Village of Garden City, ages 6–13, is invited to join these relaxing classes. The cost of each 10-week session is $80.

The course schedule is as follows:

Ages 6-8 Thursdays at 4:15 p.m.

Ages 9-13 Thursdays at 5:15 p.m.

To register for either of these programs, please visit the recreation and parks office at 108 Rockaway Ave. or download an application from www.gardencityrecreation.org

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.

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 began 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

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 began the week of January 6. To register for any of these classes, visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

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 began the week of Jan. 13. 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 began the week of Jan. 13. The cost will be $135.

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

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

News

The Senior Center Expansion and Rehabilitation Project took a major step forward this month when the Garden City Board of Trustees unanimously voted in a special meeting to accept the gift of the model house from the Doubleday Court Development on Franklin Avenue. Project developers, The Engel Burman Group, graciously donated the house to the

Incorporated Village of Garden City. The one-story structure was originally built to serve as a model and sales office for the Franklin Avenue project.

 

“We are glad to have The Engel Burman Group as part of our village and thank them for this most generous gift. We look forward to providing a state-of-the art facility for our seniors in Garden City,” Mayor John Watras said. 

Department headed by former assistant director

The Garden City Public School District is excited to welcome Lynette Abruzzo as its new director of Pupil Personnel Services (PPS). The position was vacated by Catherine Wheeler, who retired this summer. Abruzzo began working in the district earlier this year in January as the assistant director of PPS. 

 

“I look forward to supporting the students here. To support their growth, help prepare them so that they have all the tools they need to be successful when they leave here. To be successful in their life and maximize their potential,” Abruzzo said of her plans for the new position. 


Sports

Dance Conservatory Program

 

The Garden City Recreation Department’s Dance Conservatory Program is pleased to announce the start of registration for its upcoming 2014-15 season. Director Felicia Lovaglio, along with Mary Searson and the rest of her staff, are excited to start off another fantastic year. The dance conservatory offers classes to Garden City residents ages 3 through adult which are non-performance based. Age is determined by the start date of the desired class. 

 

Note: Registration is by mail only until Sept. 23. Participants MUST be the required age by the start of the program in order to register. 

 

Each session costs $220 for 22 weeks of class. The schedule and fees for this year’s youth classes are as follows (all classes are 55 minutes long unless otherwise noted): 

Fall Children’s Tennis Classes

Registration for the start of the Fall 2014 Indoor Tennis Program for Children has begun at the Community Park Tennis Center. Walkins and non-resident children attending Garden City Public Schools* will be accepted beginning Sept. 11. Please make checks payable to the “Inc. Village of Garden City." Please note—classes are not considered day care and can not be declared for tax exemption.

* Non resident children who would like to register for the tennis program must prove they attend one of the Garden City Public Schools. Proof must accompany registration. An additional $50 fee will pertain to anyone in this category.

10 weeks of classes—classes will begin Thursday, Sept. 18


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