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Garden City Recreation Department News: February 11, 2011

In case of inclement weather, the Recreation Department’s website will be updated to show program cancellations. Please visit the website at to see if any event is cancelled or postponed due to the elements.

Preschool Arts and Crafts Registration Starts Now

The Recreation Department will begin its spring session of Preschool Arts and Crafts the week of March 7. This six-week program is held at St. Paul’s Cluett Hall and is open to children ages 3-1/2 to 5 years old who are residents of the Inc. Village of Garden City.

Children interested in this program may register for either Tuesday, Thursday or Friday at 12:15 p.m. The cost of each 45-minute, six-week session is $30.

The child registering must be 3-1/2 by the start of the class in order to register for a session. To register, visit the Recreation Office at 108 Rockaway Avenue.

Winter Family Programs

The Recreation Department is pleased to announce a series of family programs this winter sponsored in part by Garden City Rams Girls Lacrosse. GC Rams Girls Lacrosse and Garden City Recreation are working together to offer the following performances in St. Paul’s Cluett Hall:

Sunday, Feb. 13: Plaza Theatrical Production of Sleeping Beauty

Wednesday, Feb. 23: Movie, Disney’s The Princess and the Frog

Sunday, March 6: Magic Show

All programs begin at 1 p.m. Please check this column for further information as we draw closer to each performance.

Garden City Recreation would again like to thank Gary O’Connor, Henry Beihoff, and the members of the Garden City Rams Girls’ Lacrosse program for their generous contribution to the winter series.

Come See Sleeping Beauty

The Recreation Department, in conjunction with Rams Girls Lacrosse, will sponsor a theatrical production of Sleeping Beauty, performed by Plaza Theatrical Productions, in St. Paul’s Cluett Hall on Sunday, Feb. 13 at 1 p.m. This musical favorite involves a sleeping princess, a spellbound prince, and more fairies than you can imagine. Tickets will be $3, payable at the door, and reservations will be taken by calling 465-4075. The Recreation Department would again like to thank Rams’ Girls Lacrosse for helping make this possible.

Registration for Spring Pee Wee Sports Sampler

The Garden City Recreation Department will once again offer a spring session of our very popular Pee-Wee All Sports Sampler program. This program is open to children ages 4 and 5, who are residents of the Inc. Village of Garden City. The six-week program, which will begin the week of March 7, has been designed to provide an opportunity to try a wide variety of sports with basic instruction in a fun setting.

Classes will be held in the St. Paul’s Field House according to the following schedule: Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m.; Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m.; Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.; and Thursdays at 1:15 p.m.

Each class is 55 minutes long. The cost of this six-week program is $75. To register, please visit the Recreation Office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Adult Art Classes at Cluett Hall

Due to popular demand, the Recreation Department will again offer an adult pastel class taught by Arleen Ruth Urban. This class is open to adult residents of the Inc. Village of Garden City. The class will run from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Fridays beginning Feb. 18. Classes will be held in Cluett Hall at St. Paul’s. The cost of the 10-week program will be $110 (Supplies are bought on your own — a supply list will be handed out at the first class).

This 10-week program will teach the beginner as well as advanced student the art of painting portraits and landscapes/still-life in pastels from photographs. Students will be given the option of dividing each three-hour session between portrait or landscape, or they may concentrate solely on the subject of their choice.

Demonstrations will be available as needed throughout the program. Each student will receive the individual attention required to work at their own pace and level of expertise.

Arleen Ruth Urban, the instructor for this program, is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America. A winner of numerous awards, her commissioned portraits hang in the many Garden City homes.

To register for this program, visit the Recreation Office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Rec Night for Sixth Graders at St. Paul’s Field House

The Garden City Recreation Department is sponsoring a Middle School Rec. Night for sixth-graders on the following dates at St. Paul’s Field House: Friday, Feb. 11.

 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.

Family Fun Time on Sundays

On Sunday afternoons the St. Paul’s Field House will be open for “Family Fun” for village families. This open time provides the opportunity for families to enjoy various gym activities in an indoor environment. The gym will be available for use from noon to 3:30 p.m. each Sunday until March. This time is designated for family time only. No organized practices or workouts will be allowed. Although there will be staff to monitor activity, this is not a drop off program. The department asks that elementary-aged children be accompanied by an adult. For the safety of our users, no lacrosse or baseball will be allowed.