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Garden City Recreation And Parks Department News: July 16, 2012

Summer Gazebo Concerts Series Announced

Garden City Recreation is pleased to announce its upcoming concerts series at the gazebo on the village green. The schedule is as follows:

July 19: Emil Stuccio and the Classics
July 26: Terranova Little Big Band
August 2: Linda Ipanema and the Dixie Cats

Concerts are free and open to Garden City residents and their guests. In the event of bad weather, all shows will move indoors to St. Paul’s Cluett Hall at 295 Stewart Ave.

Adult Basketball In The Field House

Adult basketball in the field house will run through August 22. This free program, held on Wednesdays only, is open to residents of the Inc. Village of Garden City ages 18 and up.  Games are strictly pickup. This program will run from 7:30 to 10 p.m. each Wednesday.

The Best Secret In Town

Did you know that each of our neighborhood parks runs a playground program every summer? Children entering first through eighth grades who are residents of the village are invited to come to the park during the summer to find out what activities are taking place.

Each park has its own “flavor” and “favorite” activities. The park directors and their staff run games, sports, tournaments, and arts and crafts activities during the day and into the evening. Trips are also run through the parks.

These activities, except for the trips, are free for anyone attending. Registration is not necessary. A child may attend any day they choose. The children are supervised while in the park, but the children attending must be able to come and go to the park as they please or a parent or child care provider must be in attendance while the child participates. This program cannot be used as babysitting.

When: Monday through Friday. The program began on Monday, June 25 and will end Wednesday, August 15.

Where: Nassau Haven, Edgemere, Tullamore, Grove, and Hemlock Parks

Time: Beginning 10 a.m. and running throughout the day, check your local park for posted schedules.

This program is only as great as the children who attend. Please support parks staff as they strive to create a great summer for the children.

2012 Evening Adult Tennis Lessons

The Garden City Recreation Department will conduct evening tennis lessons for adults who are residents of the Inc. Village of Garden City at the community park tennis facility. The lessons will run for one hour each week in three sessions during the spring/summer months. The registrant has a choice of a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday class and a choice of time. There will be a maximum of four players per court. The dates and fees will be as follows:

Session 2 – 4 weeks beginning July 9 Cost: $100
Session 3 – 4 weeks beginning Aug. 6 Cost: $100

To register, please visit the recreation’s administrative offices at 108 Rockaway Ave. Separate checks for each session please.

Pee Wee Tennis

Pee Wee Tennis is offered to children who are village residents, age 4 to 6. Eligibility is determined by the child’s age at the start of the session. Skills are learned by fun and easy-to-do drills taught by the recreation department’s tennis staff. Each child may register for a maximum of two sessions. All classes will be held at Community Park’s tennis facility. Each class is 55 minutes in length and the cost for each session is $50.

Session E: July 23- 26; 9 a.m. or 1 p.m.
Session F: July 30 - August 2; 9 a.m. only
Session G: August 6-9; 9 a.m. only    

To register, please visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Novice Tennis Camp For Ages 6 And 7

The recreation department’s novice tennis camp will teach the fundamentals of the tennis game to children who have the knowledge of basic tennis skills. This camp will teach serving, rallying, and the basics of a tennis game, keeping it fun for the younger tennis set. The camp will be held at Community Park’s tennis facility. Each class is 1.5 hours in length and the cost of each session is $75. Classes run from 2:30 – 4 pm.

Session E July 23- 26  
F July 30 – August 2
G August 6 - 9

To register for any of these sessions, please visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave.     

Mad Science Camps

Mad Science of Long Island is a company that provides a learning experience in a camp setting. Residents of the Village of Garden City entering grades two through five are encouraged to attend. Topics and details for each camp are listed below. For any science camp, all checks should be made payable directly to “Mad Science of Long Island.” To register, visit the recreation department’s website at or pick one up at the office at 108 Rockaway Ave. Registration is by mail only until June 5.

Session Three Topic: Forensic Science – Entering Grades Two - Six

Focus on the science of forensics in this hands-on look at crime scenes. Campers will use science to connect the dots and help sniff out suspects as they learn about the science of sleuthing.

When: Week of August 13-16
Where: St. Paul’s Senior Center
Time: 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m.
Fee: $180

Session Four Topic: Robot Engineers - Entering Grades Three – Six

When: Week of August 20 - 23
Where: St. Paul’s Cluett Hall
Time: 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m.
Fee: $180 plus a separate $25 materials fee

Session Five Topic: Science in Motion - Entering Grades 1-4

Science and engineering go hand-in-hand as our campers discover what machines and nature have in common. Camps will build, move and play through science in this four-day program.

When: Week of Aug. 27 – 30
Where: St. Paul’s Cluett Hall
Time: 9 a.m. to noon
Fee: $180

U.S. Sports Institute Multi-Sport Camp & Soccer Camp For Ages 5-14

The department is working in conjunction with the U.S. Sports Institute to offer several programs this summer. Experience over 15 different sports in one week in a fun and exciting setting at the Multi-Sport Camp. This camp gives younger participants the experience of 12 sports in a week. Instruction will be given in each sport culminating in a game situation. After a half-hour lunch break, the children will return to participate in U.S.S.I.’s Olympic Games and World Cup. Participants in the full-day camp will receive all of the above plus several additional sports and challenges.

The camp will be held at St. Paul’s and is divided into a half or full-day camp as follows:

Multi-Sports Week Of August 13

Half-day morning camp for ages 5–14 (10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.) Cost: $169
Half-day afternoon camp for ages 5–14 (2:30 to 5:30 p.m.) Cost: $139
Full-day camp for ages 6–14 (10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) Cost: - $199

They will also be offering the Sports Institute’s soccer camp this summer. This program is broken into two divisions:

World Cup Camp

This soccer day camp pushes the fun factor for children age 5 to 12 while improving their soccer skills. Each child will be assigned a World Cup country for the week. They will then learn soccer skills from a different country each day and put them to the test with fun challenges and games.

Travel Academy

Where champions are made. This unique day camp gives travel soccer players ages 9–14 training just like the youth development academies in Europe without having to leave home.

During the week, players will enjoy various soccer activities used by professional clubs including speed and agility training, and small-sided futsal sessions. Players will also perform daily skills challenges and complete a personal progress report for the week. Official scrimmages will be played under the guidance of U.S. Sport Institute’s professional coaches, ensuring the player’s understanding the tactics of soccer. While this camp is geared for the serious player, the emphasis is on learning in an enjoyable environment that promotes self-confidence.

Please note – The soccer camps will be held behind the Garden City pool and will include a pool swim if you register for full day.

World Cup Camp Week Of August 6

Half-day morning camp for ages 6-12 (9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) Cost: $169
Full-day camp for ages 6-12 (9:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m.) Cost: – $199

Travel Academy Week Of August 6

Half-day morning camp for ages 9 -14 (9:30 a.m. – 12:30 pm) Cost: $169
Full-day camp for ages 9–14 (9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.) Cost: $199    

A special application is needed for this camp that can be found at www.gardencity, at the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Avenue or by registering online at Make all checks payable to U.S. Sports Institute. Registration is by mail only until June 5 unless you register online.

Computer Workshops For Ages 8-12

The recreation department’s computer workshops are being run by Sharper Training Solutions, a company, which has been used for years with the village’s senior population. The children’s program being set up by the company will cover topics that are useful in everyday life and enjoyable for the age group.

Equipment Needed: flash drive
When: July 23 - 26
Where: St. Paul’s Senior Center
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Monday - Making a Music Video
Tuesday – Creating Art with Picasa
Wednesday – Computer Animation I
Thursday – Computer Animation 2

Each topic will finish within its two-hour time block. Feel free to pick and choose your topics, or sign up for all four workshops.

Fee: $20 per class, all four classes for $75.

To register: By mail only, no walk-in registrations will be accepted until June 5. The recreation department cannot be held responsible for delays in the mail. To register, download a registration form from or pick up an application at the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave. You can also make your own application by listing your child’s name, address, phone number, birth date, grade he/she will be entering in September and the session and classes for which you are registering with a first and second choice. Mail all information with full payment to the Garden City Recreation Department at 108 Rockaway Ave. Please make all checks payable to the “Inc. Village of Garden City.”

U.S. Sports Institute’s Sports Squirts And Soccer Squirts

The department is working in conjunction with the U.S. Sports Institute to offer two of its popular programs again this summer. The Sports Squirts Program has been designed to introduce children age 3 to 5 to a variety of sports in a safe, structured environment. Soccer Squirts does the same while teaching the sport of soccer. All games and activities will encompass hand/eye coordination, balance, agility and movement – all key factors to the early development of children in sport. These programs will be offered on the St. Paul’s fields.

To register: By mail only to the Recreation Office at 108 Rockaway Ave. You can visit the website or come to the office at 108 Rockaway Ave. for an application. Be sure you pick up the application for “U.S. Sports Institute.” All checks should be made payable to “U.S. Sports Institute.”

Sports Squirts

When: August 13-17, from 9 to 10 a.m. For ages 3 – 5 years. Cost: $79

Soccer Squirts

When: July 30-August 3, from 9 to 10 a.m. For ages 3-4 years. Cost: $79
When: July 30–August 3, from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. For ages 4-5 years. Cost: $109
When: August 6–August 10, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. For ages 3-5 years.

Cost: $79 (This week will be held at Community Park)

Community Park’s Miniature Golf Course

Affordable family fun is right around the corner, so don’t forget to visit the Recreation Department’s state-of-the-art miniature golf course. The 18-hole course is located behind the Garden City pool and is filled with challenges galore that will delight mini-golfers of all ages.

Party packages for birthdays or other occasions are offered. Call Garden City Community Park at 483-2525 for party planning.

The price for a round of mini-golf is as follows:

Resident adult (12 and up) $5
Resident child (under 12) $3
Resident senior (65 or over) $3
Nonresident adult (12 and up) $6
Nonresident child (under 12) $4

Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Come down and try a round!