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Garden City Recreation Department News: February 18, 2011

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

Winter Family Programs Announced

The Recreation Department’s Winter Program Series, sponsored in part by a generous donation of $1000 from Garden City Rams Girls’ Lacrosse, continues with the following family shows:

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

Sunday, March 6: Magic Show

All shows 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.

February Break Gym Program

During the February recess, the Garden City Recreation Department will offer a gym program for children in the St. Paul’s Fieldhouse Feb. 22 through 25. This program is open to youngsters of the Inc. Village of Garden City only. The schedule for these programs will be as follows:

Kindergarten and First Grade: 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Second and Third Grades: 10:30 a.m. to noon

Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Grades: noon to 2 p.m.

For grades seven to 12: The fieldhouse will be open for supervised open play from 2 to 6 p.m.

For further information, call the Recreation Office at 465-4075.

Family Movie in Cluett Hall

The Recreation Department will be showing The Princess and the Frog, at St. Paul’s Cluett Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. The movie runs approximately 97 minutes and is Rated G. Admission is free. Popcorn and snacks will be available for a nominal charge. The Recreation staff will supervise.  

Registration for Spring Pee Wee Sports Sampler Begins

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:

Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m.; and Thursdays at 10:30 a.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.

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.

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 the 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.

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.