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Garden City Recreation & Parks Department News: April 17, 2014

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.

Platform Tennis

The recreation and parks department will offer beginner level platform tennis lessons at Community Park’s platform courts on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. This six-week course will offer the basic instruction and will be taught by our certified platform instructor Sue Tarzian. Each class will be 1.5 hours in length. The cost of this program is $225. Classes began on April 9. This program is for beginners only and participants must be Garden City residents.

Spring Youth Tennis

The Garden City Department of Recreation and Parks Tennis Center is pleased to announce the start of registration for its spring program. Spring Tennis classes are offered to Garden City residents ages 4 through 11 years old.  All classes will begin the week of Monday, April 21. The following classes are still available (all classes are 55 minutes long):

Mondays – April 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, June 2, 9

3 p.m. Tots (beginner lessons for ages 4 – 5) $105

5 p.m. Junior (beginner lessons for ages 8-11) $165

Tuesdays- April 22, 29 May 6, 13, 20, 27, June 3, 10

3 p.m. Tots $120

4 p.m. Tots  $120

Wednesdays – April 23, 30 May 7, 14, 21, 28, June 4, 11

4 p.m. Tots $100

4 p.m. Pee Wee $120

5 p.m. Junior $190

Thursdays – April 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5, 12

4 p.m. Novice $145

5 p.m. Junior $190

5 p.m.  Junior Advanced $190

Please make selections carefully as fees are not returnable.

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.

Spring Sports Squirts Offerings

There are limited spots available in the US Sports Institute’s Spring Squirts classes for 3–7 year olds. Classes are available on Monday and Tuesday afternoons in T-ball, soccer, and MultiSports. Classes begin the week of April 21 and run for eight weeks. For more information or to register for these classes, please visit 108 Rockaway Ave., download an application from www.gardencityrecreation.org, or register online at www.ussportsinstitute.com

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

There are limited spots available in the US Sports Institute’s Spring Parent and Me classes for 2–3 year olds. Classes are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays  in soccer and multisports. Classes begin the week of April 21 and run for eight weeks. For more information or to register for these classes, please visit 108 Rockaway Ave., download an application from www.gardencityrecreation.org, or register online at www.ussportsinstitute.com

Spring Adult Yoga

Certified yoga instructor Connie McKnight has designed adult yoga classes with all ages in mind. Classes are open to both men and women.  Each class in our sessions is one hour long. Any resident of the Incorporated 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 beginning April 21. (8 weeks due to holidays, $52

Intermediate Yoga: Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. in St. Paul’s Cluett Hall began April 9. (10 weeks, $65)

Beginner Yoga: Wednesdays at 9 a.m. in St. Paul’s Cluett Hall began April 9. (10 weeks, $65)

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.

— From the Garden City Recreation Department

 

News

Residents needed to run

The Garden City East Nominating Committee is seeking residents of the East who are interested in being interviewed for the positions of village mayor, village trustee and school board trustee. These positions are subject to election by all village residents. The village mayoral and trustee terms are for two years beginning on April 6, 2015 and the school board trustee term is for three years beginning on July 1, 2015.

Any resident of the East who is interested in being considered for one of these positions must submit a letter of intent and a resume. This submission should note the position being sought; include their name, contact information, a statement explaining their reason for interest in the position, a summary of their professional background and other qualifications, including, although not required, current or prior involvement in village or school board positions or initiatives.

Donald Barrick, Life’s WORC Board Chairman announced that Janet Koch has been hired as the new Executive Director of Life’s WORC, a Garden City-based 501(c) (3) not-for-profit corporation. Koch assumes this leadership responsibility as Peter Smergut retires after 20 years in this position. After a thorough and extensive executive search process, the Life’s WORC Board is confident Koch has the vision and skills consistent with the needs of the organization. She will assume her position as executive director on Monday, Nov. 3.


Sports

High School Jazz Class Added To Dance Conservatory

Dance Conservatory Director Felicia Lovaglio has decided to add a jazz class for students in 9th through 12th grades who are residents of the Incorporated Village of Garden City. This 55-minute class will be held on Saturdays at 4 p.m. beginning on Saturday, Nov. 8. The cost of this 20-week class will be $200. Preregistration is necessary by visiting the recreation and parks office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Adult Dance Performance Group Now Registering

The recreation and parks department offers an adult dance group that works on jazz and contemporary moves and leads up to a performance in a Dance Company Showcase. Whether you are a beginner dance student or someone who danced as a child and would like to try again, this program will help you achieve your goals. Classes will be held on Saturday mornings beginning Saturday, Nov. 8. Each class is 55 minutes long and the session will run through May. The cost of this program will be $220.  

Reminder

With the fall sports season upon us, the department of recreation and parks would like to remind all residents that pets are not allowed in any neighborhood parks, Community Park, or St. Paul’s fields. Non compliance with this rule will result in the issuance of appearance tickets.

Register For The Online Registration Option

Garden City’s Department of Recreation and Parks will offer the option of online registration with credit card payment beginning with its winter programs in early December.

In order for a family to use the online registration option, the family will first need to visit the recreation and parks office at 108 Rockaway Ave. to verify residency and their family information and receive their password.  A list of instructions as to how to use the website will be included.


Calendar

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Thursday, October 30

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, November 3

Manhasset Comes To Garden City

Through November 25



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