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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

Ethan Irwin to vie for Kemp Hannon's Senate seat

With just under six months until Election Day on Nov. 9, a Democratic challenger has announced his bid for the New York State Senate’s sixth district seat—covering Garden City, Farmingdale, East Meadow, Levittown, Hicksville, Bethpage, and Island Trees—currently occupied by state Sen. Kemp Hannon.

Ethan Irwin, an attorney from Levittown, has already received the endorsement of Nassau County Democratic Committee Chairman Jay Jacobs. On June 30, Irwin officially opened his campaign headquarters at Kennedy Memorial Park in the Village of Hempstead.

Village hosts internship pilot program

The Village of Garden City is currently hosting a pilot internship program this summer for four Adelphi University students. The eight-to-10-week test run is also the first time the school has partnered with a municipality, according to its Center for Career Services.

Planning started in May when Mayor John Watras approached Village Administrator Ralph Suozzi about the possibility of hiring interns during July and August. Suozzi, who said he had student interns at his last job, said the program helps provide college students with experience in exchange for a new perspective for village officials.


Sports

Ron Darling and Darryl Strawberry

appear at Citibank

New York Mets fans haven’t had too much to be excited about this season. The team is currently under .500 and struggling to stay in the postseason race. So when two former Mets who played on the magical 1986 World Series championship team came to Garden City last Friday, fans had the opportunity to relive the memories and smile.

As part of the Meet Mr. Met Tour, former Mets Ron Darling and Darryl Strawberry joined the Mets mascot, Mr. Met, at Citibank on Franklin Avenue for a meet and greet event.

Summer Concert Schedule

Garden City’s Department of Recreation and Parks is happy to announce the schedule of its concert series “Summer Music on the Village Green.” The concert series will be held at the gazebo on the corner of Stewart and Hilton Avenues. Concerts are held on Thursdays beginning at 7:15 pm. The schedule is as follows:

July 24    Six Gun

July 31     Tangerine

August 7    The Terry Nova Little Big Band

August 14    Vintage Bliss

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.


Calendar

Summer Concert: Tangerine

Thursday, July 31

Friday Night Promenade Continues

Friday, August 1

Marvelous Movie Matinee

Monday, August 4



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