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Garden City Recreation & Parks Department News: March 6, 2014

Spring Roller Hockey Divisions

The start of spring roller hockey is just around the corner. Whether you played in the past or looking to get involved, there is no better time to sign up and experience all the fun. All programs take place at the roller rink located at Community Park.

Registration and starting dates will be announced at a later time but you can see when your child will play by checking the divisions below:

Please pay careful attention as grades and dates/times have changed.

Kindergarten Pee Wee Clinic: No experience is required in hockey or roller skating. This hour-long clinic will take place Sunday afternoons at 3:15 p.m.

1st-Grade Squirts Division: This beginner program will continue to develop young players through drills and scrimmages. This hour-long program will take place Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m.

2nd- And 3rd-Grade Mites Division: Games will take place on Sunday late afternoons with either a 4:30 or 5:45 p.m. game time depending on your child’s team schedule.

4th- and 5th-Grade Junior Division: Games will take place on Friday afternoons with either a 4 or 5:30 p.m. game time depending on your child’s team schedule.

6th-, 7th-, & 8th-Grade Senior Division: Games will take place on Friday evenings with either a 6:45 or 8 p.m. game time depending on your child’s team schedule.

Adult Division For 30 & Over: Games will take place on Sundays at 7 p.m. (5 games) & Fridays at 9:15 p.m. (5 games). Games are in “pick up” format.

Each participant is required to wear full equipment at all times. This includes hockey helmet with a cage, hockey gloves, shin pads, elbow pads, roller blades, hockey stick, long pants, and a protective cup.

Middle School Recreation Nights

The Garden City Recreation Department is sponsoring Middle School Recreation Nights on the following dates at St. Paul’s Field House: 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.

Garden City Recreation And Parks

And U.S. Sports Institute Team Up Again

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.

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.

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.

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

Former beautification

committee chair seeks return

Stewart Manor residents had beautification on the brain at the village’s most recent board of trustees meeting. Several attendees participated in a friendly airing of grievances to the board about the amount of litter being left in front of some of the shops along Covert Ave and in the parking lots.

Former Village Beautification Committee Chairman Julian Sottovia says that enough is enough, and further steps need to be taken.

Resurrection Church raises money

with Xmas-themed event

On Saturday, July 26, all roads lead to Lutheran Church of the Resurrection and the magical merry world of trains at the 4th Annual Christmas In July Fundraiser. Festooned with glittering lights, the gym will be transformed into a winter wonderland of delight as you enter a snow-flurry world of inflatable Santas, reindeer, snowmen and mysterious nutcrackers—replete with holiday songs and music.

Rediscover the joy of childhood with a dazzling display of classic model trains from Resurrection’s own collectors and hobbyists: Jay Campson, Doug Hoffmann, Doug Kurz, Joe Mecchella, John and Jim Mesloh, Ken Meyn, and Gerhardt Muller.


Sports

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.

The Best Secret In Town!

Did you know that each of our neighbor hood parks runs a playground program every summer? Children entering 1st through 8th grades who are residents of the Village are invited to come to the park during the summer to find out what activities are taking place.

Each park has its own “flavor” and “favorite” activities. The park directors and their staff run games, sports, tournaments, and arts and crafts activities during the day and into the evening. Trips are also run through the parks.  


Calendar

Summer Concert: Six Gun

Thursday, July 24

Fivestone Returns To Friday Night Promenade

Friday, July 25

Marvelous Movie Matinee

Monday, July 28



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