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Garden Calendar

Friday, December 6

Folk Singers Show

Carolann Solebello (ex-Red Molly) and Turner Adams will perform at Garden Stage at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation located at 223 Stewart Ave., (corner of Nassau Boulevard) in Garden City on Friday, Dec. 5, at 8:30 p.m., preceded by an open mic at 7:30 p.m., $18 with advance reservations, and $20 at the door. For reservations and Information please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-248-8891.

Saturday, December 7

Breakfast With Santa

Annual event held at Christ Church on 33 Jefferson St. in Garden City. There will be pictures, breakfast, stories, music and a sale of greens. 9 and 11 a.m. For more information, please call 516-755-2626 or visit

Decking The Halls

The Garden City Community Church’s 27th Annual Christmas Tree/Bake Sale will take place on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 8 a.m. to noon for all residents. Attendees can expect to find the potentially perfect Christmas tree and wreath for their home, along with delicious pies and other goodies to serve their guests. A brass band will play Christmas carols as residents buy trees. The tree sale proceeds will go to the Youth Mission Trip with Next Step Ministries this coming summer and the funds from the bake sale will go to the Marty Lyons Foundation. Vendors will be in the Kensington Room where they will be selling gourmet food, gift baskets, Tupperware, jewelry and accessories and more.

Everyone is also invited to the church’s upcoming events during the Advent Season:

Sunday, Dec. 8 - Advent Breakfast at 9:15 am. The parish welcomes the Christmas season with a hot breakfast, a fun family-centered craft and a wonderful opportunity for fellowship.

Sunday, Dec. 15 - Vesper service in the sanctuary at 4:30 p.m. and all are invited to the Christmas dinner directly afterward, starting at 6 p.m. The service features a special musical celebration of the approaching birth of Jesus with the combined Alleluia, Carol, Cantamus and Adult Choirs. The popular candlelight hot dinner will have delicious food and fun fellowship for all.

Sunday, Dec. 22 - Church School Christmas Pageant after the 10:30 am service. The pageant is staged by the Sunday School with adorable actors in costume with music.

Tuesday, Dec. 24 - Three services:

Family service at 4 p.m.

Candlelight communion service at 8:30 p.m., with music prelude at 8:15 p.m.

Candlelight communion service at 11 p.m., with music prelude at 10:45 p.m.

The Garden City Community Church (GCCC) is located at the corner of Stewart Avenue and Whitehall Boulevard. It is an open and affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ (Protestant), so no matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey all are welcome. On Sundays the GCCC has 8:30 a.m. communion in the chapel and 10:30 a.m. worship in the sanctuary. The forum is held at 9:15 a.m. Church Sunday School is held during the regular service, with babysitting in the crib room for children under two-years-old, equipped with silent pagers for parents. The Garden City Community Church is handicap accessible with ramps on the Whitehall Boulevard side of the church and a full elevator to the lower level. For more information, please call 516-746-1700, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.GardenCity

Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7

A Night In Bethlehem

Imagine taking a walk through Bethlehem during the time when Jesus was born. You and your family smell freshly baked bread, mold items out of clay, grind grain for your daily bread, or buy fruits and nuts from the marketplace. Suddenly, shepherds appear, telling you they have good news, and they take you to meet Mary and Joseph, and you see Baby Jesus your own eyes. This Christmas, Lutheran Church of the Resurrection will host “A Night in Bethlehem,” a hands-on Holy Land experience, Dec. 6 and 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. each evening.

All in the community are invited to come, bring family and friends to experience Christmas in a whole new way. During “A Night in Bethlehem,” participants will be welcomed by the census Taker and register their family in Bethlehem. You might make toys in the carpentry shop, assemble your own jewelry or weave a rug on the loom. Perhaps you’ll grind grain and knead bread; visit the spice shop and leatherworking shop. Don’t be surprised if you get a visit from the tax collector and maybe even the pesky Roman Guards. You will definitely hear the good news from the excited shepherds and have an opportunity to visit the stable—to visit with Mary, Joseph, and the Baby Jesus. Reservations are suggested. Admission is free, while a freewill offering will be collected to cover costs and award to missions. Please call the church office, 516-746-4426, or visit for more information and to reserve your visit to Bethlehem.

Lutheran Church of the Resurrection is a multi-site Christian community of faith, with its main campus located at 420 Stewart Ave., near Clinton Rd., in Garden City. Enter the Bethlehem experience through the gym doors on Emmet Place. All are invited to worship at 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays and at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday mornings, with Christian Education at 9:45 a.m. Its second campus, The Life Church, is located at One Old Westbury Rd., on Jericho Tpke., in Old Westbury. All are welcome Sundays at The Life, with Worship at 10 a.m. and Children’s Sunday School at 9:45 a.m,, and Thursdays at 7 p.m. for worship and holy communion.

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Sunday, December 8

Mozart’s Requiem

The Waldorf Choral Society’s 40th Anniversary concert will feature soloists, chorus and orchestra along with George V. Rose conducting his final performance before retiring. This performance will be at the Cathedral of the Incarnation, 50 Cathedral Avenue in Garden City. Adults $20 Students/Senior Citizens $18 Children under 12- $5. For more information please call 516-747-4457.

Christmas Tree Lighting

Will be held from 3:30-4:30 p.m., at the village gazebo on the village green on Stewart Ave.

Tuesday, December 10

Christ Church Women Christmas Dinner

Christ Church Women (CCW) annually supports Women in the Military and this year, CCW is supporting Captain Patti Kast stationed in Afghanistan by sending travel sets. The travel sets include lip balm and other toiletries which are in great need. The Christmas Dinner Party will be held at The Pompeii on 401 Hempstead Ave. in West Hempstead at 6:15 p.m. Cost is $25 per person. Friends, husbands and friends are all welcome to attend this gala event. Please don’t forget to bring your $5 to $7 gift so you can participate in the grab bag. For reservations, please call 516-755-2626 or visit

Wednesday, December 11

Community Theatre Auditions

The Garden City Community Theatre will be holding auditions for its spring 2014 musical comedy revue. This original production, Diamonds in the Rough, is being written and directed by Garden City residents Brad and Ruby Gustavson. The show dates are March 28, 29 and 30, 2014. There are roles for adult men and women, teens and kids, grades three through eight. Auditions will be held at the Garden City Community Church. Third through eighth graders audition from 7:30 to 8:30 pm and teens and adults audition from 8:30 to 9:30 pm. Auditions will also be held on Friday, Dec. 13. Please bring a head shot and come prepared to sing a song. For more information, please call the Community Theatre at 516-746-1061.

Garden City Republican Committee Holiday Party

The Garden City Republican Committee will be hosting a very special holiday celebration on at the Garden City Historical Society on Eleventh Street from 7 to 9 p.m. Food will be provided by Caligeros and Garden City Pizza will provide delicious food for our enjoyment. Members of the U.S. Marine Corps  have also been invited so attendees are asked to please bring an unwrapped toy for the Marine Corps’s Toys for Tots program. All are invited.

Saturday, December 14

Holiday Sale

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Central Nassau holds its holiday fair from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission is free. Holiday items, collectibles, silent auction, baked goods, book room, gourmet lunch, quick lunch and raffles.

Upcoming Events

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 Reservations required. Call 516-873-2381. The following dates are offered:

December 4  - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

December 7  - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

December 12 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

December 15 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

December 18 & 19 - 6:15 to 9:15 p.m.

December 21 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

December 22 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m

December 28 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Ongoing Events

Furniture Needed

The A.T. Stewart Exchange Consignment Shop at 109 Eleventh St. in 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 Maryann Caterino at the shop (516-746-8900). Consignees are paid 50 percent of the selling price. There is ample parking and the shop is conveniently located on the lower level of The Garden City Historical Society Museum. All proceeds from the A.T.Stewart Consignment Shop go towards the maintenance and upkeep of the Garden City Historical Society Museum, an original 1872 A.T.Stewart era Apostle Victorian structure.

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:

Monthly Cancer Support Group

Franklin Hospital’s cancer support group meets in the former coffee shop at North Shore LIJ Franklin Hospital in Valley Stream. 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.

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.

Volunteers Sought For Breast Cancer Program

If you’ve had breast cancer and want to pay it forward become a hotline volunteer. Women and men who are breast cancer survivors and others who are concerned about breast health issues can become volunteers at the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program in Garden City. Volunteers can help by doing fundraising and publicity, as well as by answering hotline calls. Hotline volunteers provide emotional support, information and referral services to callers with breast health concerns. Although the program is housed on Long Island, hotline services and telephone counseling are available to callers throughout New York State. For more information call the Hotline at 1-800-877-8077.To reach the Hotline from anywhere in New York State, call 1-800-877-8077.

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: or call 1-800-341-8777 for more information.

Stroke Support Groups

Stroke Life Society is a grassroots community organization of survivors and co-survivors in the pursuit of living and helping others. A stroke can be very isolating. By sharing experiences and encouraging one another, together we can face and overcome common challenges. All are welcome. RSVP is requested. For information and other locations and times, please call Ben at 516-398-4994. “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”

-Every 1st Wednesday of the month at 11a.m.-St. Frances de Chantal, 1309 Wantagh Ave, Wantagh (Room 12)

-Every 2nd Monday of the month at 6 p.m.-The Church of St. Jude, 3606 Lufberry Ave, Wantagh

-Every 2nd Wednesday of the month at 1:30 p.m.-St. Gregory the Great, 242-20 88th Ave, Bellerose

-Every 3rd Fri. of the Month at 2 p.m.-St Bernard Parish Center, 3100 Hempstead Tpke, Levittown

-Every 4th Mon. of the Month at 6 p.m.-St. James Parish Center, 80 Hicksville Rd, Seaford (Room 104)

-Every 4th Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m. (with guest speaker)-William Bennett Community Center, 28 W. Carl St., Hicksville

-Every 4th Thursday of the month at 2 p.m. - Plainview Hospital, 888 Old Country Rd., Plainview Waldorf Choral Society’s 40th Anniversary Concert featuring Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra with George V. Rose’s  conducting his  final performance before his retirement