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From the Garden City Recreation Department: February 7, 2014

Family Fun Time On Sundays

On Sunday afternoons beginning Jan. 12, St. Paul’s Field House will be open for Family Fun Time 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 is offered in 9-week sessions and started Jan. 25. The cost of the session is $249.

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, visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Bricks4Kidz Robotics

The Garden City Department of Recreation and Parks is happy to announce 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.    

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. Please 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.

Adult Tennis Lessons

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 began 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” and please get an interest form from the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave. by Jan. 15. 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.

News

April 19 fundraiser to be

held for baby with rare disease

Tom Onorato, the nephew and office manager of Dr. Joseph Onorato Garden City practice All Island Dermatology Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, recently celebrated the birth of a baby boy with his wife Melissa. Both were thrilled when Thomas Kevin Onorato came into the world on September 10, 2013. Despite being born five weeks early, baby Thomas managed to surprise his parents with his indomitable spirit and was sent home with a clean bill of health. A mere four days later began the fight for Thomas’ life.

Budget adjustments, staff reductions recommended

The Garden City Board of Education will prepare to adopt next year’s school budget in a couple of weeks. Before they do, they’ll have to go over a few changes.

At the board’s public work session held at the high school on Wednesday, April 9, school superintendent Dr. Robert Feirsen recommended a few adjustments, part of the annual balancing act that is the school budget.


Sports

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 hunt 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.

Commitment at Kellenberg

Garden City residents continue to excel while participating in the athletic program over at Uniondale’s Kellenberg Memorial High School.

Each season, coaches of Kellenberg sports pick one player from their squad who has demonstrated remarkable commitment to the team through their hard work at practice and in competition.

The Village of Garden City has a long history of residents who've excelled both on the academic and athletic side of the ledger at Kellenberg. This time around, seniors Kelly O’Donnell (varsity cheerleading), Stacy Madelmayer (varsity girls basketball) and Bryan Salecker (swimming and diving team) have all been awarded the Commitment Award for their outstanding efforts, devotion, hard work and commitment to their respective teams.


Calendar

Dinner & A Movie: In Transition 2.0

Thursday, April 17

School Budget Meeting

Wednesday, April 23

Judi Mark One-woman Show At Library

Thursday, April 24



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