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Garden City Recreation & Parks Department News: February 27, 2014

 Middle School Recreation Nights Announced

The Garden City Recreation Department is sponsoring Middle School Recreation Nights on the following dates at St. Paul’s Field House: Friday, Feb. 28, 6th grade and Friday, March 7, All grades

These parties 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.

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.

Spring Sports Squirts Offerings

The Recreation and Parks Department has worked with U.S. Sports Institute to offer a set of favorite and new spring programs for ages

3 to 7. Each 8-week session will introduce the sports chosen to the participants in a safe, structured, fun setting. Each class lasts one hour and will work on hand-eye coordination, balance, agility and movement as well as the sport(s) the child is participating in. All classes will be held at St. Paul’s and will begin the week of April 21. The schedule is

T-Ball Squirts—ages 3 to 5 - Mondays at 1 p.m. $130

T-Ball Squirts—ages 4 to 5 - Mondays at 2:15 p.m.$130

T-Ball Squirts—ages 4 to 5 - Mondays at 3:30 p.m. $130

T-Ball Squirts—ages 5 to 6 - Mondays at 4:30 p.m. $130

Soccer Squirts—ages 3 to 5 - Tuesdays at 1 p.m. $150

Soccer Squirts—ages 3 to 5 - Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. $150

Senior Soccer Squirts—ages 5 to 7 - Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. $150

Sports Squirts—ages 3 to 5 - Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. $150    

The price listed is cost if a child is registered by April 1. After April 1, a 20 percent fee will be added. To register, please visit the U.S. Sports Institute’s website at www.ussportsintitute.com (don’t forget to use the code OEB14 to receive a 10 percent discount if registering by March 1) or visit the recreation and parks office at 108 Rockaway Ave. Please make all checks payable to U.S. Sports Institute.

Garden City Recreation And U.S. Sports Institute Team Up

Garden City’s Department of Recreation and Parks is pleased to announce that they are again working with U.S. Sports Institute to offer a wonderful variety of programs for ages 3 to 13 this spring and summer. All programs are now available on the U.S. Sports Institute’s website at www.ussportsinstitute.com. Read below for all of recreation and parks spring offerings.

U.S. Sports Institute Discount Code

U.S. Sports Institute has listed on their website all their spring and summer programs they are running in conjunction with Garden City Recreation and Parks. They are now offering a discount for Garden City residents on any spring or summer program offered if you register online at their website by March 1 and use the code OEB14. This code will give a 10 percent discount off the price of a program. Please visit their website at www.ussportsinstitute.com to see all the spring and summer offerings they are running through Garden City Recreation and Parks.

Multi-Sport Camp For Ages 5–12 During Spring Break

Garden City’s Department of Recreation and Parks will offer U.S. Sports Institute’s Total Play Multi-Sport Camp during the spring break.

This camp will be held at St. Paul’s from April 14–17 (Monday through Thursday). The following time frames will be offered:

9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - $125

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - $150

1 p.m. to 4 p.m. - $85

The price listed is cost if a child is registered by April 1. After April 1, a 20 percent fee will be added. To register, please visit the U.S. Sports Institute’s website at www.ussportsintitute.com (don’t forget to use the code OEB14 to receive a 10 percent discount if registering by March 1) or visit the recreation and parks office at 108 Rockaway Ave. Please make all checks payable to U.S. Sports Institute.

U.S. Sports Institute “Parent And Child” Classes Registration Begins

The US Sports Institute’s Parent & Me Sports Squirts programs have been designed to introduce children aged 2-3 years old to a variety of sports, games and group activities, all with the help of Mom and/or Dad. Each week, your USSI coach will lead you and your child through a series of fun games and activities, designed to encourage learning, develop gross motor skills, and promote social interaction. All these progressive curriculums enable you and your child to work together to learn the key skills and techniques in each sport. Parent & Me classes are open to residents of the Inc. Village of Garden City ages 2–3 and are offered in Total Sports Squirts or Soccer Squirts according to the following schedule:

Soccer Squirts: Tuesdays beginning April 22–June 10; 45-minute classes at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and noon.

Total Sports Squirts: Thursdays beginning April 24–June 12; 45-minute classes at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and noon. All classes will take place at St. Paul’s.

Please note, your child must by the proper age by the start of the class in order to attend. To register for any of these classes, please visit US Sports Institute’s website at www.ussportsinstitute.com The cost of this program is $115 if you register by April 1. After April 1, the price will be $145.

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 Art Class At Cluett Hall

Garden City’s Department of Recreation and Parks will offer an adult art class this fall. This 10-week program will teach the beginner as well as the advanced student the art of painting portraits and landscapes/still-life in pastel from photographs.

Classes will be held Fridays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The cost of this program will be $110. This class is open to adult residents who reside in the Inc. Village of Garden City. Classes are held in St. Paul’s Cluett Hall beginning Feb. 21. The first lesson includes a portrait and landscape demonstration. At that time, a supply list is provided. Demonstrations will be available as needed throughout the program. Each student will receive the individual attention required as they move at their own pace and level of expertise. Arleen Rueth Urban, the instructor for this program, is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America. A winner of numerous awards, her portraits hang in many Garden City homes, as well as throughout the United States. Her portrait of Elvis Presley permanently hangs in Graceland, and Barbara Walters is among her celebrity commissioned subjects.  

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

Ever since the Garden City School District passed a $36.8 million School Investment Bond back in 2009, the upgrades throughout the district have been quite substantial. And while most of it has gone towards infrastructure, external visible improvements have rightfully been a source of pride for the board, which has taken to conducting tours at the different schools preceding the monthly public meetings that are normally held at Garden City High School. On the night of the school board meeting held on Tuesday, Oct. 14  at the Homestead Building, the school board, administration and Superintendent Dr. Robert Feirsen went on a guided tour of the building by Homestead Principal Dr. Suzanne Viscovich.

Feirsen described the tour as a new tradition started last year where administration travels around each of the district’s school buildings in the Fall to observe its current offerings and recent upgrades.

In an earlier column, Mayor John Watras shared some helpful tips on how to secure your property in preparation for a hurricane. The following are additional recommendations on what you can do now to be prepared in the event that a major storm hits Long Island.

As the storm approaches, customers should take the following steps to prepare for the arrival of either a hurricane or tropical storm:


Sports

Stretching tips for the high school athlete

Prior to the start of high school running season, Garden City’s Physical Therapy Options (PTO) had an opportunity to provide a presentation to members of Sacred Heart Academy’s cross country team. Team members gathered at Garden City’s New York Running Company to learn strategies and tips for a successful fall season.

PTO staff members Dr. Meghan Goetz, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and PTO Aide Mike Murphy discussed the importance of stretching to prevent injury and provided strategies and tips for success for the high school runner.

The league started on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Garden City’s Tullamore Park. It runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. A uniform shirt and soccer balls are provided. Cleats and soccer shorts are recommended and players must wear shin guards. Age groups range from pre-k through 12th grade. Garden City residents and non-Garden City residents are welcome. Middle school and high school age volunteers are needed. No soccer experience is necessary. If you have any other questions, please contact Andy Garger at ajgarger@verizon.net or 516-775-8058.

— Submitted by the Challenger Soccer League


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