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Garden City Recreation Department News: January 24, 2012

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 canceled or postponed due to the elements.

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 show:

Sixth-Grade Rec Night on January 27

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, Jan. 27

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.

Note: Once the children are in our facility for either of these programs, they will not be allowed to leave unless accompanied by an adult. Please come into the building to pick up your child.

Family Fun Time on Sundays


On Sunday afternoons beginning Jan. 8, 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 2:45 to 5:45 p.m. each Sunday until March 11.

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. Elementary-aged children must be accompanied by an adult. For the safety of our users, no lacrosse or baseball will be allowed.

Sunday, February 5 Plaza Theatrical Production’s Performance of Pinocchio

The show begins at 1 p.m. The cost to attend will be $3, payable at the door. Preregistration is required by calling the Recreation Office at 465-4075.

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

Registration for Winter Zumba Begins


Zumba is the newest adult activity we offer! If you enjoy exercise that keeps you moving while enjoying great music, these classes are for you. The following classes for adults will be offered by the Recreation Department: Zumba Tuesdays at 8 p.m. 12 weeks $108; Zumba Thursdays at 9:15 a.m. 12 weeks $108; Zumba Saturdays at 9:15 a.m. 12 weeks $108

All classes are led by Felicia Lovaglio, director of our Dance Conservatory and adjunct professor at Adelphi. Each class is one hour long and will be held in Cluett Hall. All classes will begin the week of Feb. 7. To register for any of these classes, fill out the form below and return to the Recreation Office at 108 Rockaway Avenue with a check made payable to the “Inc. Village of Garden City.”

Adult Yoga Registration Begins


Connie McKnight, our certified yoga instructor, has designed adult yoga classes with all ages in mind. Each class is one-hour long. All classes have begun in mid-January. Any resident of the Inc. Village of Garden City is invited to join these relaxing classes. The session will run for 14 weeks at a cost of $91.

The course schedule is as follows:

Mondays at 7:30 p.m. began Jan. 23 to be held in St. Paul’s Senior Center

Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. began Jan. 11 to be held in St. Paul’s Cluett Hall

To register, please visit the Recreation Office at 108 Rockaway Ave. or download and mail an application from our website at

Join Us for the Winter Session of Mad Science


 The Recreation Department will again offer an afterschool science program for grades K-5 run by Mad Science of Long Island. These hands-on workshops offer topics such as “Bugs” and “Mad Science Machines” in a fun and educational way! Make- and take-its will be included in the sessions. This six-week program began the week of Jan. 23 according to the following schedule: Grades 3-5: Tuesdays or Wednesdays at 4 p.m.

All classes are one hour in length and will be held in St. Paul’s Senior Center, next door to the Recreation Office, at 108 Rockaway Ave. The cost of this six-week session is $103. All checks should be made payable to Mad Science of LI. To register, visit the Recreation Office at 108 Rockaway Avenue or download an application from the website at

Zumba Gold for the Active Senior


Dance director Felicia Lovaglio will again conduct Zumba Gold classes, sessions geared for Active Seniors or beginners over the age of 50. The newest way to exercise gives you a great workout while moving to fun music! Classes will be held in St. Paul’s Cluett Hall on Tuesdays at 9:15 a.m., and began Tuesday, Jan. 24. The 45-minute class, led by Felicia Lovaglio, runs for 15 weeks at a cost of $60. For further information or to register, please visit the Recreation Office at 108 Rockaway Ave. or download an application off our website at

Adult Art Classes at Cluett Hall

Beginning Feb. 17, 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. Our classes will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. each Friday 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 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 his or her 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 our Pastel Class, please visit the Recreation Office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Community Tennis Center Instructional Programs for Winter 2012


The winter session of youth tennis instruction began the week of Jan. 23 and lasts for 10 weeks. We have limited openings available in all levels for ages 4 – 16. Please visit our office at 108 Rockaway Ave. for updates or to register.