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Garden City Recreation & Parks Department News: May 8, 2014

Over 35 Men’s Softball Registration

Roster packages for the Garden City Recreation and Parks Department’s Men’s Over 35 Softball League are now available. This league plays on Sunday evenings. Rosters will be accepted from teams meeting the following eligibility requirements:

1. Teams must be comprised of residents of the Inc. Village of Garden City.

2. All players must be over 35 years of age or turning 35 during the course of the season.

The fee for this league is $500, which includes games, balls, and umpires. Application packages can be picked up at the recreation department administrative office at 108 Rockaway Ave. The completed roster package will be accepted until May 16 or until 12 completed packages are received.

Spring Zumba Fitness Program

The following spring Zumba fitness classes for adults will be offered by the department of recreation and parks beginning the week of May 5:

Monday evenings at 7:45 p.m. 4 weeks for $36

Monday mornings at 9:15 a.m. 4 weeks for $36

Saturday mornings at 9:15 a.m. 5 weeks for $45

All classes will be held in St. Paul’s Cluett Hall.

Classes are led by Felicia Lovaglio, director of the dance conservatory and adjunct professor at Adelphi. Each class is 45 minutes long.  

Want To Play Some Softball?

If you are a resident of the Inc. Village of Garden City, age 18 or over, who would like to play softball in one of the recreation department’s softball leagues, call the recreation office at 516-465-4075 to put your name on the player list. Sometimes coaches call looking for extra players to round out their rosters. Call and leave your name, age, address, and phone number and your name will be kept on file for the team who is looking for extra players.

Spring/Summer Adult Tennis Registration Forms Available

The Garden City Recreation Department will conduct evening tennis lessons for adults who are residents of the Inc. Village of Garden City at the Community Park tennis facility. The lessons will run for one hour each week in three sessions during the spring/summer months. The registrant has a choice of a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday class and a choice of time. There will be a maximum of four players per court. The dates and fees will be as follows:

Session 1 – 8 weeks began April 21 Cost: $240 (Session 1 will also include Ultimate Workout on Saturdays, 1.5 hours at a cost of $240 for seven weeks)

Session 2 – 4 weeks beginning  July 7: Cost: $120

Session 3 – 4 weeks beginning August 4: Cost: $120

To register, a form will need to be filled out and returned with payment to the recreation department’s administrative offices at 108 Rockaway Ave. Please note, a separate check for each session is need at time of registration.

No Dogs Allowed

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

Zumba Gold Fitness For The Active Senior Or Beginner

The spring Zumba Gold fitness classes will be held in St. Paul’s Senior Center on Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. or Thursday afternoons at 2 p.m. Each 45-minute class, teaching the basics of Zumba exercise, is led by certified Zumba fitness instructor Felicia Lovaglio. This class is geared for seniors or the beginner adult. Classes begin the week of May 5.

Prices are as follows:

Monday at 6:30 p.m. Seniors (65 or older)- $20 Others - $36
Thursdays at 2 p.m. Seniors - $25 Others - $45

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

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.

Mineola-Garden City Rotary

honors Suzie and Rob Alvey

The ballroom of the Garden City Country Club was packed with Rotarians, family, friends and associates of Suzie and Robert (Rob) Alvey as they were recently honored with the Mineola-Garden City Rotary Club’s 24th annual “Community Service Award.” Both residents who were raised in Garden City, the Alveys have been recognized many times over as integral members of the community. Suzie Alvey is a professional artist, writer, award-winning photographer, and board member of the Garden City Historical Society. She was appointed village historian by Mayor John Watras in 2013. Alvey’s paintings and drawings are in private collections throughout the United States and internationally and can be locally viewed at village hall and at the Garden City Chamber of Commerce Toll Lodge.


Sports

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.  

Thousands throng Garden City for

Annual Jay Gallagher Tournament

The Seventeenth Annual Jay Gallagher Memorial Lacrosse Tournament recently took place on Garden City’s lacrosse fields. The ‘Gallagher’ has been a key fundraiser, with well over $750,000 collected throughout the years for the Andy Foundation, the Mollie Biggane Melanoma Foundation, the Miracle Foundation and the Cancer Center for Kids at Winthrop University Hospital.

With more than 120 teams and 5,000 players, coaches and fans from the tri-state area, the annual tournament provided high level competition in both the boys and girls groups from the third grade up to and including the eighth grade.


Calendar

Summer Concert: Six Gun

Thursday, July 24

Fivestone Returns To Friday Night Promenade

Friday, July 25

Marvelous Movie Matinee

Monday, July 28



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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