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Garden City Recreation And Parks Department News: August 7, 2012

The Pool Is Hiring For Late In The Summer

If you are 16 years or older, available for work through Labor Day and are interested in working at the Garden City pool for the last weeks of the season, please call the Garden City pool at 516-465-4074 for an interview.

Last Gazebo Concert

On Thursday, Aug. 9, the Terry Nova Little Big Band will perform at the village gazebo (corner of Stewart and Hilton Aves.). Concert time is 7:15 p.m. so be sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket. Please note, in case of bad weather, the concert moves indoors to St. Paul’s Cluett Hall.

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.

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.

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

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.