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Thursday, May 23

Color Your World

Friends of the Garden City Public Library will sponsor a free visual lecture, Color In Your Garden Throughout The Year, with Nassau County Master Gardener Barbara Ann Levine at 2 p.m. at the library located at 60 Seventh St. Seating and parking are limited and on a first-come basis. No tickets are required. For directions, please call 516-742-8405 or visit www.gardencitypl.org. The guest speaker will share her expertise in creating gardens that show colorful flowers during the entire year—including winter. Gain fascinating insights about succession planting. Discover which plants have long blooming periods and how to make them flourish. Learn great tips about planning combinations that change with the seasons.


Tuesday, May 28

Summer Entertaining Workshop

Nothing is as enchanting as a warm summer afternoon with the sun fading and a cool breeze. This is the time for a relaxed meal on your deck or by the pool or beach. Join Chef Barbara Sheridan at the Garden City Public Library at 1:30 p.m. to learn how to get ready for the summer and prepare a menu of garden fresh chilled summer soup, a medley of salads, apple broccoli chicken bowtie pasta and a platter of margarita chicken salad, and finish off with a special dessert. Registration begins in person on Sunday, May 19 at 1 p.m. and is limited to adult Garden City Library cardholders.


Thursday, May 30

Bugs Bower Lecture

Friends of the Garden City Public Library will sponsor a free lecture, “Life in the Music Business,” with Garden City resident “Bugs” Bower. The legendary music arranger/producer/publisher will be appearing on at 2 p.m. at the Garden City Public Library located at 60 Seventh St. Seating and parking are limited and on a first-come basis. No tickets are required. For directions, please call 516-742-8405 or visit www.gardencitypl.org. Bower will be telling fascinating stories about famous TV & recording super stars accompanied by their songs of the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. His fast-paced life began at Julliard School of Music where he wrote his first music books. During this program he will share excerpts from his new book, Nice Stories about Nice People— highlights from his personal experiences in the music business. Among the artists he’s worked with are Bing Crosby, Perry Como, Steve Allen, Joe Pesci, Cab Calloway, Liza Minelli, Sammy Kaye, Percy Faith, Bobby Rydell, the Jimmy Dorsey and Charley Barnet Bands, Kool & The Gang, and many more.


Upcoming Events

Library Hosts Charlene Schwartz Kalin Exhibit

From June 2–28, the Garden City Public Library’s gallery will be exhibiting a solo watercolor show by Charlene Schwartz Kalin entitled “Life Around Us.” View colorful paintings of many topics created by this talented Long Island artist. Kalin’s professional art career began when she earned an associates degree in commercial art while studying at F.I.T. and NYC Community College. She received a scholarship to Brooklyn Museum School of Fine Arts. Her work for a New York City ad agency gave Kalin the experience she needed to open Sunflower Studios in Manhattan. The artist subsequently freelanced in graphic design for newspapers. Charlene is currently a member of the Art League of Nassau County and the National Art League. Her watercolor paintings have received many awards during juried shows. Exhibits are free, open to the public during regular library hours and are located at 60 Seventh St. For hours and directions, please call 516-742-8405 or visit www.gardencitypl.org. Exhibit funding is sponsored by Friends of the Library. Installation and removal dates are subject to change.

Defensive Driving Courses

Six-hour course conducted by the AAA NY in the Garden City office located at 229 7th St. Save money; reduce violation points; sharpen skills. The cost is $39 for AAA members; $32 Plus/Premier members; $32 members 60 and older; $32 members 16-24 years old; $49 nonmembers; special group rates available. Dates and rates subject to change. Online class available. Visit AAA.com/DefensiveDriving. Reservations required. Call 516-873-2381. The following dates are offered:

• May 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• May 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• June 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• June 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• June 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• June 10, 11 from 6:15 to 9:15 p.m.

• June 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• June 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• June 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• June 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• June 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Ongoing Events

Safe Boating Courses

Free vessel safety checks and more, from America’s Boating Club, the United States Power Squadrons. With squadrons across Long Island, there’s one near you. Visit: WeBoatSafe.org or call 1-800-341-8777 for more information.

Cancer Support Group

Franklin Hospital’s cancer support group meets in the former coffee shop at North Shore LIJ Franklin Hospital in Valley Stream. (Please note the new location for 2013.) The group regularly meets the first Monday of every month from 2 to 4 p.m. It is open to all cancer survivors, including family members and is ideal for people who need someone to talk to about the illness. Discussions include new medicines and treatments, advice on how to cope and also provides emotional support. Additional information about the monthly meetings, or those seeking assistance and information concerning cancer are urged to contact group advisors Anna Rossetti at 516-256-6025 or Meg Wehrum, RN at 516-256-6478.


Ongoing Programs

Clutterers Anonymous

Clutterers Anonymous (CLA), a 12-step self-help group, offers help and support to those who have clutter problems in their homes or workplace. Meets every Thursday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 265 Asbury Ave., in Westbury. There are no dues or fees. For more information, call 866-800-3881 or visit: www.ClutterersAnonymous.net.

Free Breast Cancer Support Groups

The Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer program is offering new support groups. There is no cost for any group; however pre-registration is required. Additional groups are formed upon request, including groups for men with breast cancer and family members. All groups meet at Adelphi University School of Social Work in Garden City. For more information call Sandi Kafenbaum, LCSW, at 516-877-4314, or the Breast Cancer Hotline at 800-877-8077.

•Support group for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer will meet weekly for eight weeks from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

•Support group for women post treatment will meet weekly for eight weeks from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

•Support group for young women with breast cancer will meet weekly for eight weeks from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

•Support group for women with metastatic breast cancer will meet weekly for eight weeks from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

•A telephone support group for women with breast cancer will be held weekly for eight weeks from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Furniture Needed

The A.T. Stewart Exchange Consignment Shop, 109 Eleventh St., Garden City, is looking for furniture to add to its inventory. The shop can use cocktail tables, end tables, consoles, chairs of all types, dressers, dining room tables, breakfronts, servers, secretaries, mirrors, etc....it’s all in demand. If you have a particularly large piece, take a picture, and show it to Kris or Jill at the shop (516 746-8900). Consignees get 50 percent of the selling price. Parking is convenient because the shop is located on the lower level of the Garden City Historical Museum.